Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit Hookup Guide

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There's a lot of Raspberry Pi information going around lately. Whether it's Pi A, A+, B, B+, or Pi 2 B, any forum will have thousands of people giving all the answers possible to a problem. Though most methods work for any version, it can be tough to decide which information to choose. This is a reference of what is known to work for the Pi 2 and specifically, the Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit bundle.

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Materials Required

There are a few methods to getting the RPi 2 running. You can operate the pi from its own peripherals, or you can use another computer with a serial link. Once any link is established, you can connect it to any network with DHCP hosting and use Telnet/SSH to operate the Pi.

Using the Pi 2 as a desktop:

  • Pi 2 Starter kit -or- Pi 2 Accessory Kit and your own Pi
  • USB Mouse
  • USB Keyboard
  • HDMI monitor/TV/adapted VGA

Configuring through the serial port / using Telnet/SSH:

  • Pi 2 Starter kit -or- Pi 2 Accessory Kit and your own Pi
  • 2nd computer with available USB port
  • Terminal software such as HyperTerm or Tera Term

You'll also need an internet connection to get resources! This link can be wired or wifi and must be available for the Pi.

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